Advocacy

CSPF is dedicated to advocating for legislation and policy changes to advance our mission of protecting and enhancing the California state parks system.

To advance our policy goals, CSPF works with policymakers at the state, federal and local levels.

We also encourage our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts.

Citizen Action

CSPF encourages our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts to advance our mission of protecting and enhancing the California state parks system.

Each year over 100 park advocates from throughout California participate in Park Advocacy Day to meet with legislators and lobby in support of California’s 279 state parks.

By participating in Park Advocacy Day, you’ll help send a powerful message to policymakers that California’s state parks are important places that need to be protected. Your knowledge and first-hand experience will be imperative as we work to make this the most successful Park Advocacy Day yet!

Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and affiliations, and typically include representatives of environmental, recreational and other state park related nonprofit organizations and state park cooperating associations, as well as local business leaders, educators, park volunteers, and state park users.

For more information about CSPF’s advocacy work, please contact advocacy@calparks.org or call our Sacramento office at 916-442-2119

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Legislative Agenda

As part of our role in advancing state parks issues for the last decade, CSPF has provided leadership in lobbying the California legislature on relevant bills and budget actions as well as proactively sponsoring legislation. CSPF has sponsored legislation to achieve park protection as well as facilitate fiscal sustainability for the state park system.

In addition to sponsoring legislation, CSPF also maintains regular communication with key policy committee members and provides testimony to legislative hearings and coordinates with other like-minded organizations on policy priorities.

Current Legislative Bills

Senate Bill 1335 (Allen) — Solid waste: food service packaging state agencies, facilieis, and property

Current Status: Approved by Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Senate Bill 1335 would require all food service packaging provided at state-owned facility, operating on or acting as a concessionaire on state property, or under contract to provide food service to a state agency, including at California state parks, beaches, and facilities to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2021. The bill would ensure that food service vendors have easy access to information about acceptable materials by requiring CalRecycle to publish a public list of all acceptable material types on its website. Take-out food packaging in California generates tons of non-recyclable and non-compostable waste every day, much of which finds its way into our natural environment. The California Coastal Commission reported as part of the California Coastal Cleanup Day from 1989 – 2014 found that food wrappers/containers accounted for the second highest percentage of trash picked up. Over 1.9 million pieces were collected during that time frame. It is important to keep our parks and beaches clean and ensuring visitors can continue to enjoy these special places.

Senate Bill 1072 (Leyva D) — Regional Climate Collaborative Program: technical assistance.

Current Status: Approved by Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Senate Bill 1072 would establish regional Climate Collaboratives, as well as technical assistance policies, to create or enhance local capacity of urban and rural community groups, businesses and cities to apply, compete, and be awarded climate funding and other state program grants. The bill would establish the Regional Climate Collaborative program administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) to build the capacity of local municipalities, nonprofits, and small businesses to integrate planning and development efforts to maximize sustainability, resilience and equity. In order for the State to meet its climate goals and commitment to underserved areas, every community in California, small or large, must have an equal opportunity and access to tools to envision, design, and implement projects that not only contribute to these goals but also result in direct multiple economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits.

Senate Bill 836 (Glazer D) — State beaches: smoking ban

Current Status: Vetoed by the Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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This bill would make it an infraction, punishable by a fine of $25 to smoke a tobacco product or dispose of a cigar or cigarette on a state coastal beach. The bill would also require the Department of Parks and Recreation to post signs in state park units to inform the public of the smoking prohibition. Elimating smoking on beaches and parks will reduce the harmful cigrettes butt litter in these special places. Additionaly, the reduction of smoking will decrease the negantive side effects of smoking that will in turn increase the recreational value for visitors.

Senate Bill 835 (Glazer D) — Parks: smoking ban.

Current Status: Vetoed by the Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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This bill would make it an infraction, punishable by a fine of $25 to smoke a tobacco product or dispose of a cigar or cigarette in a State Park. The bill would also require the Department of Parks and Recreation to post signs in state park units to inform the public of the smoking prohibition. Elimating smoking on beaches and parks will reduce the harmful cigrettes butt litter in these special places. Additionaly, the reduction of smoking will decrease the negantive side effects of smoking that will in turn increase the recreational value for visitors.

Assembly Bill 3218 (Arambula D) — Millerton Lake State Recreation Area: expansion.

Current Status: Vetoed by the Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 3218 would extend the Millerton Lake State Recreational Area to include the areas of the San Joaquin River Parkway currently managed by the San Joaquin River Conservancy. This would allow for operation and maintenance to be handled by the California Department of Parks and Recreation through the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area.

Opening public lands in the Central Valley for recreation and public access is consistent with the goals of the 2007 Central Valley Vision Summary Report and 2009 Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan, both by the Department of Parks and Recreation. This bill realizes more equitable access to park resources for Valley residents. Compared to other regions of the state, the Valley lacks the scale and diversity of park and recreational resources for its residents and visitors. AB 3218 would provide park goers and Central Valley residents more pathways to enjoy parklands.

Assembly Bill 2779 (Stone M) — Recycling: single-use plastic beverage container caps

Current Status: Inactive file
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 2779 will require all single-use plastic beverage bottles sold in California to have bottle caps connected to the bottles. Plastic bottle caps and are the third most common item found at beach and river cleanups throughout the state. Anywhere from 5 to 10 billion plastic bottle caps per year are not returned for recycling in California. This bill safeguards our parks, open space, coasts and inland waterways for future generations to enjoy.

Assembly Bill 2745 (Carrillo D) — State parks: merchandise sales

Current Status: Approved by Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 2745 would improve visitor services and explore additional park funding opportunities by allowing the California Department of Parks and Recreation to sell merchandise, such as hats, t-shirts, or sweaters to the public in those locations without a viable cooperating association or concessionaire partner. However, in the absence of such partnerships, there is a lost opportunity to provide services to park-goers that would enhance their enjoyment of state parks. CSPF supports opportunities for the the California Department of Parks and Recreation to generate additional revenues in parks where those opportunities are mission-centric, and do not inappropriately commercialize the visitor experience in parks.

Assembly Bill 2627 (Kalra D) — Migratory birds: Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Current Status: Failed to advance from Senate Approprations Committee
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 2617 would clarify the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s role in protecting and preserving migratory nongame birds in California and allow the Department of Fish and Game to adopt guidelines to assist project proponents and commercial operators in obtaining take authorization. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of the nation’s oldest environmental laws that protects migratory birds in North America. In December 2017, a new legal opinion was issued stating that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act would not be enforced for the killing of birds that occurred during otherwise lawful activities. Assembly Bill 2627 will clarify that the state may issue guidelines that are more protective of migratory birds than the rules or policies currently set forth by the Department of the Interior, thereby ensuring the continued protection of migratory birds.

Assembly Bill 2615 (Carrillo D) — State highway system: parks and recreation: accessibility for bicycles and pedestrians

Current Status: Approved by Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 2615 would require the Department of Transportation to partner with appropriate public agencies – including the Department of Parks and Recreation – to develop strategies and plans to maximize safe and convenient access for bicycles and pedestrians for parks connected to the state highway system. This bill attempts to strengthen collaboration with public agencies to more prominently consider safe park access in infrastructure planning. Removing barriers to park access is critical to ensuring all Californians have access to parks.

Assembly Bill 2614 (Carrillo D) — Outdoor experiences: disadvantaged youth

Current Status: Vetoed by the Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 2614 would require the Natural Resources Agency (Agency) to track the availability of outdoor experiences for disadvantaged youth and create a grant program to encourage access to these experiences. This bill tasks the Agency with compiling and making available a list of school districts that contract out their school buses to non-profit organizations or state agencies for transport services. The goal of the list is to help connect these organizations with the transportation services that would enable them to give these youth positive encounters with nature, and all its associated benefits. The bill would also create a grant program that would provide additional monetary support to foster more access to the outdoors and uplift the many young people who are denied these advantageous experiences.

Outdoor experiences provide a number of positive outcomes and benefits. Park experiences are essential for health, happiness and quality of life and by ensuring all youth the opportunity to experience parklands, we foster the next generation of empowered parks stewards who, in return, have an appreciation for the significant benefits of parks. AB 2614 attempts to explore one of the many pathways to parks.

Assembly Bill 2551 (Wood D) — Forest and Wildland Health Improvement and Fire Prevention Program

Current Status: Approved by Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 2551 would require the Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention to establish, implement, and administer the Forest and Wildland Health Improvement and Fire Prevention Program, which is intended to promote forest and wildland health, restoration, and resilience, and improve fire prevention and preparedness throughout California. The bill would also require the Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention to take specified actions to improve forest and wildland health and resilience. After decades of fire suppression policies, there is now broad scientific consensus that fire is an essential part of California; suppressing fire has actually led to unnatural forest conditions with unsustainably high fuel loads. Droughts and climate changes have compounded the problem further. Assembly Bill 2551 improves the health and resilience of California’s forests and watersheds.

Assembly Bill 2534 (Limón D) — Parks: environmental education: grant program

Current Status: Vetoed by the Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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This bill would establish the Outdoor Equity Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk communities to participate in outdoor environmental educational experiences at state parks and other public lands. Priority funding would be given to outdoor environmental education programs that primarily provide outreach to and serve students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, foster youth, or pupils of limited English proficiency. 

It is all of our roles to grow the next generation of stewards that see themselves as owners and stewards of the outdoors. To do this, we need to increase every opportunity and remove barriers so that all of Californians have pathways to parks. This bill would increase exposure to the outdoors and state parks, while engaging outdoor meaningful experiences that make an impact on youth.

Assembly Bill 2054 (Gonzenz, Fletcher) — State Parks

Current Status: Vetoed by the Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 2045 prohibits any person or entity from using the state park for overnight accommodation reservation system for any for-profit activity without receiving approval from the Department of Parks and Recreation. Last year a new reservation system was implemented, resulting in new third party vendors obtaining reservations with “bots” and reselling the reservation, sometime three times the original cost. The bill addresses the need to ensure that ours parks remain available for all Californians. It is critical to ensure that entrance to parks is not compromised.

Assembly Bill 1984 (Garcia, Eduardo D) — Museums: California Museums for All

Current Status: Failed to advance
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 1984 would expand the existing national Museums for All initiative by creating a California based version of the program. The bill would offer individuals and families that receive state Electronic Benefit Transfer cards free or very low cost admission to museums and provide a very modest grant to participating California museums. By expanding the existing Museums for All program, this legislation extends museum access to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, and supports museums being available to all Californians.

Assembly Bill 1918 (Garcia, Eduardo D) — Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation.

Current Status: Vetoed by the Governor
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Bill 1918 establishes in the Natural Resources Agency the Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation, supporting activities that promote economic development and job growth of the outdoor recreation economy in California. With more than 67 million visits made from Californians and out-of-state tourists alike, California’s state park system is an economic engine. Park visitors spends $3.2 billion annually on goods and services such as food, lodging, supplies and more that contribute a total economic impact of $6.41 billion annually when visitor spending, operating expenses and purchases of good and services that support parks and related businesses are included.

Assembly Bill 248 (Garcia, Eduardo D) — Parks Make Life Better! Month

Current Status: Senate
CSPF's Position: Support
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Assembly Concurrent Resolution 248 “Parks Make Life Better!” Month recognizes the importance of access to local parks, trails, open space, and facilities for the health for all Californians. Our state parks and outdoor recreational opportunities represent the best California has to offer with their natural, cultural and recreational treasures.

Senate Bill 1335 (Allen D) — Solid waste: food service packaging: state agencies, facilities, and property.

Current Status: Assembly Appropriations
CSPF's Position: Support
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Senate Bill 1335 would require all food service packaging provided at California state parks, beaches, and facilities to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2021. The bill would ensure that food service vendors have easy access to information about acceptable materials by requiring CalRecycle to publish a public list of all acceptable material types on its website. Take-out food packaging in California generates tons of non-recyclable and non-compostable waste every day, much of which finds its way into our natural environment. The California Coastal Commission reported as part of the California Coastal Cleanup Day from 1989 – 2014 found that food wrappers/containers accounted for the second highest percentage of trash picked up. Over 1.9 million pieces were collected during that time frame. It is important to keep our parks and beaches clean and ensuring visitors continue to enjoy them.

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